What Can Health Care Teach Us About Data Quality?

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By Elliot King

Data quality issues are more acute in health care than in perhaps any other industry sector. According to a seminal study by the Institute of Medicine, (IOM) preventable medical errors are responsible for nearly 100,000 deaths annually, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
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Communication is a Key to Data Quality

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By Elliot King

Too often, data quality is seen as a strictly technical issue. Data quality problems must be identified, assessed and then rectified, and that process is best managed by experts using the right tools.

But communication may be the most important element in a data quality program.

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Reducing Data Quality Risks

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By Elliot King

As Donald Rumsfeld, the former secretary of the defense once famously said, “there are known unknowns and there are unknown unknowns.” In other words, somethings we know we don’t know and consequently we can do the research to learn what we need to know.
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Who Should Lead Your Data Quality Initiatives

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By Elliot King

Data and data quality issues touch virtually every part of an organization. Poor data hurts organizational efficiency. It can have a measurable impact on the bottom line. And it can diminish employee morale when employees cannot access the information they need to succeed at their tasks, and the data they do retrieve turns out to be wrong.
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